It was one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress.
Senate Democrats voted against common-sense legislation that would have required that babies who survive attempted abortions must receive medical care to keep them alive.
This in spite of the fact that 77% of pro-choice Americans (82% overall) oppose removing medical care for a viable child after birth … according to a recent poll.
These are newborn babies who are outside the womb and capable of surviving if given standard post-natal medical care.
Instead, the Senate voted to allow infanticide.
The vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was 53-44 … 7 votes short of the required 60.
Why did the bill require a 60% majority in the Senate when it passed the House of Representatives with a simple majority vote?
Because some pro-choice Senators were filibustering the bill – giving long, meaningless speeches to prevent the measure from being brought to the floor for a vote.
This tactic essentially kills a bill by requiring it to be tabled until after the next election.
The Cloture Rule is the only way to stop a filibuster in the Senate and force a floor vote. Cloture limits further debate on a bill to 30 hours, after which it can be brought up for a vote. To invoke Cloture requires a three-fifths majority – 60 votes – according to Senate rules.
Had the vote to invoke cloture passed, the actual bill would have passed with the 53-44 majority … of even a 50-50 tie vote with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, if passed, would have required health care practitioners, following a botched abortion that results in the live birth of an infant, to exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.
The bill did nothing to limit abortion. All the bill would have done was make sure those born alive wouldn’t be killed.
The Democrats voted no – including 7 presidential candidates:
- Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Kamala Harris of California
- Cory Booker of New Jersey
- Kristen Gillibrand of New York
- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), the bill’s sponsor, expressed disgust over his colleagues’ failure to value and protect life:
“This is about the most simple thing you can say, which is that a baby is a baby, and they have dignity and worth,” Sasse said. “And it’s not because they’re powerful. It’s because they’re babies. Today is a sad day in the United States Senate.”
The reason Senator Sasse introduced this bill is because Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) endorsed infanticide saying a born alive baby would be made to “feel comfortable,” but could then be killed if the parents intended their baby to be aborted.
Watch this 6-minute video of Ben Sasse, the author of the bill, discussing its defeat with Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
Also watch this debate on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act hosted by Fox News’ Shannon Bream.
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